Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stylish Seniors

In high school, seniors were the kids about to finish school and graduate. Back then, you didn't mind being called a senior.

In early adulthood, a senior was what, someone over 40? 45? Definitely 50. Man, 50 was old back when you were 21!

Then you blinked two or three times and found yourself counting 40 or more candles on your birthday cake. 'Senior' became a bit older, like retirement age.

But what is retirement age? When does a person become a Senior? I know a man who retired at 47. I can't tell you when I retired. It isn't a secret and I'm not fudging on my age (59). I gradually relinquished by duties at my husband's company and even when I no longer went in to work, I still handled some quarterly duties from home. Without double checking, I think it has been 4 years.

What about senior discounts? A few places give them as early as 50, more at 55, some require proof that you are 60 or 62 and I am guessing the last minimum age of places offering discounts would be 65.

I've never been very concerned with age so maybe that is why saying I am 59 doesn't bother me. I'm not quite sure how I got here so soon, but I've had fun along the way.

What about seniors and style? Do you think cutting edge fashionistas or do you think elastic waistbands and white socks with sandals?

I was directed to this link this morning and had a good time looking at the slide show and then reading some of the blog entries. The people in the slide show are mostly women, all over 50, some decades over 50. I don't embrace each style but that isn't important. Look at the faces of these people. They are confident and happy in who they are and what they're doing.

Advanced Style Link

Now that is what I call Style.


Chatty Crone said...

Hey I am 58 and I ask for the senior discount where ever I go!

And that website is cool!

Some of them look like a hoot and I would never ever wear what some of them did.

However some of them were very chic and classic!


PS - You are YOUNG!

Debbie said...

I love the style of "Gitte Lee" in that video. I don't know who she is, but I love her style.

I'm about to turn 50 this month.
Right now, I'm not feeling the fun, but I'm going to try to age with a positive attitude.

SkippyMom said...

My beloved MIL is almost 80 and one of the best dressers I have ever met. She is always so put together. I do think the thing she misses the most are her high heels. She is incredibly active but can't stand to walk in them anymore.

I've been to that website. I think I ought to enter my MIL too.

And I agree about age - just a number. But even when I was 21 or 35 I still thought of seniors as people in their 80s or 90s. People I knew their 50s, 60s and 70s just seemed to young to be considered senior.